VH-BZF From Australia, joined Oct 1999, 859 posts, RR: 0 Posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 2922 times:
I was speaking to a Airbus rep the other day & he advised me that when Air Canada was trying to block the AA led team buyout of CP-Canadian, the Star Alliance team stepped in to help AC financially & that included United Airlines purchasing an A330 for AC. Now AC may well have paid UA for the aircraft by now, but it is interesting to see how partners work together (to achieve a common goal), to ensure (in this case) Canada remained firmly in the Star camp.
Cheers - BZF
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Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8434 posts, RR: 54
Reply 4, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 2654 times:
Coventional wisdom would suggest United will dump the A330s. Although...does United still buy 767s? Delta still get the odd one from Seattle but have UA got any really young 767s? Because some of them are the oldest flying, 20 years old. So that whole medium twin fleet is up for replacement, and how locked-in to the 767 are UA? If the youngest aircraft in the fleet is 5 years old or more, the replacement issue is completely up for grabs. And I bet US Airways love the A330, and there'll be a sizeable faction from US that will be very supportive of the type. The UA camp like Airbus products anyway, so it could go either way. But I'd be very curious to know the average / youngest / oldest fleet age for UA's 767s.
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ILUV767 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 3142 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2583 times:
United is still getting 767s. I belive that that plane is leased to AirCanada. At least, that's what I've heard. Also, US Airways has mixed oppinions about the A330. I know that some of the flight attendants do not like it.
Udo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2484 times:
I also have heard many things. For example stories about people that claim having been hijacked by aliens, or about little green men, called Mulder and Scully that wear G.W.Bush masks and always try to sell washing machines to Saddam H. and D.Duck.
AC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (14 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2445 times:
I believe United had purchased 2 of them and was in the process of slowly selling them back to AC. It just gave the the cash they needed to take over CP. The A330 has never worn United colors, they just own them.